In a letter addressed to the parliament on Friday, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok announced that a case was being prepared against Syria at the UN’s highest court, seeking to hold the government of President Bashar al-Assad accountable for “gross human rights violations and torture in particular.”
In a diplomatic note handed to Syrian diplomats in Geneva, Amsterdam asked Damascus to enter negotiations on the alleged human rights abuses.
If the two countries cannot resolve the dispute, the Dutch government can propose arbitration and if that fails, it will pursue action through an international court, the most likely being the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.
On Saturday, however, an official source at the Syrian Foreign Ministry said the Netherlands is abusing its position as the host of a number of the bodies concerned.
The Netherlands is doing so "in a flagrant violation of its obligations and commitments as the headquarters state of this international organization,” Syria’s official SANA news agency quoted the source as saying.
The Dutch government, which is “content to play the role of the low subordinate to the US, persists to use the International Court of Justice in The Hague to serve the agendas of its political American master and use it as a platform to exceed the UN and International law,” he added.
The source also highlighted the European country’s record of backing anti-Damascus terror outfits.
“The Netherlands is the last one who has the right to talk about the human rights and the protection of civilians after its big scandal, before the public opinion and the tax-payers, as it supports and finance armed organizations in Syria which are classified by the Netherlands public prosecution as terrorist organizations,” he said.